AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title AIDS Week of Action
Project type(s) Community Service,Speaker
Date completed 03/24/2006
Chapter University of Illinois COM @ Chicago
Project Coordinator Shannon Staley
Summary of project Tuesday, March 21 : ~Lunchtime Lecture: "Women and HIV: From Chicago to Rwanda" Mardge Cohen, M.D. Director of Women's HIV Research, CORE Center and WE-ACTx, Rwanda UIC College of Medicine West, Room 367 - Lunch Provided

~Food Drive Kick-off for Vital Bridges food pantry - Donate non- perishable food items to boxes in the front and back of Rooms 221 & 423. Vital Bridges helps people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food,nutrition, housing, case management, and prevention services. The food drive will last through Thursday.

Wednesday, March 22: ~Blood Drive - UIC Student Center West,Chicago Room C 10AM - 3PM Blood supplies are extremely low -we need your help!

~Screening of "Dear Francis" - a documentary about AIDS in Swaziland. Sponsored by Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights (7-9PM). The two film students who shot this award winning documentary will be present for a discussion following the screening.

Thursday, March 23: ~Lunchtime Lecture: "HIV/AIDS Advocacy and HIV+ Patient Perspectives" David Munar, Associate Director of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago UIC College of Medicine West, Room 221 - Lunch provided

~Vital Bridges Volunteer Project (3:30-6:00PM) Interested in taking action NOW? Our group will help out with their pantry services by helping clients fill out their menus, shopping for clients, and delivering the food collected from the Food drive.

Friday, March 24: ~Global AIDS Postcard Campaign - look for postcards on your seats in the lecture halls to fill out urging President Bush to allocate more funds to fighting the Global HIV/AIDS Crisis. As future physicians, you have a powerful voice - Take Action!

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 65
Participant hours involved 75 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $200 for lunches
Project funding Local chapter funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Emails, posters provided by AMSA National, chalking lecture hall boards
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Contact potential speakers early! Also, don't be afraid to contact large organizations (ie The AIDS Foundation of Chicago) - they're usually excited about the opportunity to speak to so many future physicians.

Comments For global health issues, the Universial Council on Global Health has great resources you can use in conjunction with AMSA's. The postcards I used for the postcard campaign were provided by them - they even paid for the return shipping! You can join their listserv ( and receive emails about different project packages like the one I used. Good luck with your own programming and feel free to contact me with any questions!